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Is It Time To Check Your "Merry Meter"?

Posted by Elizabeth Sundburg on Dec 16, 2014 12:10:00 PM

As the days till Christmas draw nearer, many adults find themselves building up more stress than excitement for the holiday season. What was once sugarplums dancing in their heads, seems to have been replaced by a whirlwind of juggling schedules, shuffling from one Christmas gathering to the next, and fear of not having all of their shopping done before the big day arrives. Does this sound like you? If so, we’ve got the perfect solution to help manage your holiday stress and get your “Merry Meter” pointed in the right direction.

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Topics: christmas, stress management, holiday cheer

What An Insurance Agent Needs To Know About Ridesharing

Posted by Christa Loudin on Dec 9, 2014 10:32:00 AM

Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Rideshare - We have been hearing these names a lot lately, but what are they? All of these companies are ridesharing services that are growing more and more every day. Many are available in cities across the US and around the world.

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Topics: ride-sharing, uber, ridesharing, lyft

It Is What It Is

Posted by Mary Ricks on Dec 2, 2014 1:49:01 PM

My 12 year old son’s football season was off to a great start.  They were 3-0.  Then we suffered our first loss, and it was a bad one.  As we drove home from the game that night, he was visibly upset.  I listened to him go on and on about how his team could have played better, the refs could have called a better game, the other team was holding, etc.  It continued as we walked into the house.  Finally, I put my hands on his shoulders, looked him in the eye and said “Son, it is what it is.” 

There it was the rolling of the eyes, the loud sigh.  He throws his hands up and says “Fine, Mom!”  As he turns to storm out, I pulled him back and said “No, listen to me.   I don’t mean that to be negative.  Let me explain.   We can’t change the fact that your team lost today, but can we look at this a little differently?  First, nobody is perfect; nobody wins all of the time.  Even the greatest of the great have made mistakes and lost games.  And, like football, life is not always easy.  There are going to be not-so-good times, and difficult situations you must endure.   The most important thing is how you are going to choose to handle them.”

So, I asked him the following questions:

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Topics: personal development, self-improvement, positive attitude, personal accountability

How A Complete Property & Casualty Submission Can Help You

Posted by Aubrie Hoopingarner on Nov 25, 2014 2:38:19 PM

As Underwriters at J.M. Wilson, we are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional customer experience and will do our best to quote all submissions, however there are a few ways that submitting a complete application can help YOU!

With this short video, I'll share a few simple steps that will help you get your quote even faster and respond to your insured sooner.

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Topics: Property & Casualty, property and casualty insurance, complete submission

Focus on Brokerage : How It Impacts Your Agency

Posted by James Reincke, AU, AIS on Nov 18, 2014 10:45:03 AM

Brokerage business has always been something that JM Wilson could do.  In my eight years with the company, I have heard our retail agents mention, “I didn’t know JM could do that.”  We can!  Now don’t get me wrong, we are not able to write every exposure for every risk out there - not yet anyway.  But, there are risks that we can consider and enjoy working on, but may not be thought of by our customers.  Well, its time we change that.

In this highly competitive and ever changing market place, we have decided its time to put more focus on those harder classes of business and those “hairier” than normal accounts. 

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Topics: Brokerage

Why I Embrace Change (and you should too!)

Posted by Cathy Baldwin, CIC on Nov 11, 2014 11:03:55 AM

The older I get, the more I become set in my ways.  I’ve settled in to a great career, a wonderful marriage and full life.  I am comfortable.  I like to be comfortable!

So why change anything? 

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Topics: personal development, change

Client Tip : Winterizing Your Boat [Video Checklist]

Posted by Nicole Bielat on Nov 4, 2014 8:51:00 AM

It's that time of year again!  As much as some of us hate to say "good bye" to summer and the warmer days of fall, that time has definitely come.  With that, it is time to start thinking about winterizing our boats.  Please take a look at the short video clip that I have put together with some useful tips to help make this project easier for you or your insured!

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Topics: insurance client tips, watercraft tips

The Social Media Posting Calendar Your Agency Can Use Today

Posted by Kristin O'Leary on Oct 28, 2014 8:02:37 AM

Does your agency have a social media presence? Are you considering adding one, or posting more frequently on your current outlets, in 2015?

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Topics: social media, using social media, insurance on social media

What is the Difference between a Cyber Liability Policy and a Cyber Liability Endorsement?

Posted by James Reincke, AU, AIS on Oct 21, 2014 11:34:14 AM

With more and more insurance carriers developing a cyber liability endorsement that can be added to their current package or monoline general liability policies, you have to ask yourself, what is best for my client?  

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Topics: cyber liability

Good Stress - Bad Stress

Posted by Jeanne Callan, CPCU on Oct 14, 2014 12:11:38 PM

When someone says the word “stress,” what is the first thought that comes to mind?  For most of us, this word has negative connotations.  We think of the negative effects of too much stress.  We recall cartoon pictures of a frazzled individual looking like they just stuck their finger in an electrical socket. 

When you really think about it, stress is not all bad. 

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Topics: Professional Development, stress management

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